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Slave quarters

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These are the bunks in the slave quarters, located in the back of the greenhouse.

"The sun never caught (George Washington) in bed, and he was unwilling it should find any of his people sleeping ..." From an interview with a former Mount Vernon slave, 1838.

About one-third of the slave population worked at the Mansion House Farm and lived in the wings of the greenhouse, in cabins across the lane, and in nearby outbuildings. They included mostly families, some single and widowed adults, and skilled workers whose families lived on outlying farms. One family at Mansion House Farm was made up of Issac, a carpenter; his wife Kitty, a dairy maid; and their nine daughters. Four spaces of similar size in the greenhouse quarters housed such families.

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